Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Arthur Young (17411820)
Give a man the secure possession of a bleak rock, and he will turn it into a garden; give him a nine years lease of a garden, and he will convert it into a desert . The magic of PROPERTY turns sand to gold.
ARTHUR YOUNG, journal entries for July 30 and November 7, 1787, Travels , 2d ed., vol. 1, pp. 51, 88 (1794, reprinted 1970).